Early Years

The Cambridge Early Years programme offers a holistic and play-way approach that focuses on the whole child and their development. The aim of Early Years education is to provide a strong foundation for all-around development and lifelong learning.

Academics and Areas of Development

Sancta Maria follows the Cambridge Early Years programme for children aged 3-5 – this innovative system combines the latest research in child development with the expertise of Cambridge University. By fostering a nurturing and engaging learning environment, the Early Years Programme aims to lay a strong foundation for children’s lifelong love of learning. With a focus on play-based learning, social-emotional development, and individualised instruction, this comprehensive system ensures that every child receives the support and guidance they need to thrive.

The programme is built on the five key principles:






At Sancta Maria, our dedicated teachers have embraced the innovative Cambridge Early Years teaching pedagogies to create an exceptional learning environment for our students. They prioritise individual learning needs, providing personalised attention to each student, and creating a supportive and inclusive classroom environment. Our teachers continuously engage in professional development to stay up-to-date with the latest teaching strategies and techniques, ensuring that they deliver the highest quality education.

Areas of Learning

Cambridge Early Years curriculum is designed to promote progression in learning from Early Years 1 to Early Years 2 and
later into primary education. It allows the development of knowledge, understanding and skills through a spiral approach.
The curriculum provides a structure for teaching and learning in three stages:
Early Years 1 (EY1), Early Years 2 (EY2) and Early Years 3(EY3).

The content is divided into six curriculum

Communication, Language & Literacy

Creative Expression



Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Personal, Social &
Emotional Development

Physical Development

Understanding the World

By fostering a love for learning, building critical thinking skills, and nurturing social and emotional development, the Cambridge Early Years programme sets children up for success in their future academic pursuits. With a dedicated team of educators and a curriculum designed to meet the unique needs of each child, parents can rest assured that their little ones are in good hands.